It’s a plain fact – close friends Grzegorz and Wojciech have had astellar and prolific career as the house outfit Catz ’n Dogz. The duoworked their way from humble beginnings to international acclaim,boasting performances at the hottest venues in Europe and abroad,their own record label, chart-topping singles and LPs. Theirdiscography includes the 2018 EP “The Feelings Factory,” Catz ’nDogz’s thrilling return to Dirtybird Records. Spring 2019 saw the muchanticipated release of their fourth studio album, “Friendship.” Thisalbum celebrates the friendship that has made Greg and Voitek’scollaboration so powerful, and features exciting collaborators likeKiddy Smile and Jono McCleery. In the past fifteen years, the Polishproducers have grown exponentially as collaborators, captivating danceDJs, and supporters of contemporary electronic musicians.Catz ’n Dogz have made a lasting impression on the electronic musiccommunity. Taking a firm lead in the Eastern European electronic musicrevolution, the pair have previously graced the cover of both Mixmagand DJ Mag Spain.
They have held spots on such elite charts as the RATop 100 and DJ Mag’s Top 10 Albums of 2015 for their LP “Basic ColourTheory.” Other accolades include a nomination for Best Track at WMCAwards 2013 with “They Frontin’ feat Monty Luke” and the title of“Producers of the Year” from Muno.pl. Clearly, Catz ’n Dogz continuesto dazzle the dancers on the floor and the electronic music communityat large.The duo hasn’t stopped there. In addition to making music, theycontinue to spread the love with their label, Pets Recordings, itssub-label, Step Recordings, label nights, and Wooded, a micro-festival. The Pets Recording catalog exhibits a wide range ofelectronic musicians, diverse in sound but alike in their ability toramp up the dance floor. Catz ’n Dogz’s Step label takes a back-to-the-basics approach as a vinyl-only label. Here, they celebrateelectronic music’s root functions and hardware tradition, embracing agrittier sound with some rough edges. Together, Pets and Step combinedrepresent over 50 artists, including heavy hitters like KiNK and EatsEverything.
Szczecin, hometown to Catz ’n Dogz, is only 100 miles from Berlin, sonaturally the two DJs were inspired by Berlin’s iconic techno soundfrom the beginning. Though Grzegorz and Wojciech recognize thesignificance of this influence, they resist pinpointing a primarysource of inspiration. After all, their discography includes tracks ofbright disco and deep house, samples of sexy jazz vocals and boldspoken phrases. The duo’s playfully innovative spirit is clear. Whenthey were asked in an interview with Birdhouse: German or Detroittechno? they responded with Pets' manifesto: Music Not Genres. As Catz’n Dogz demonstrate in their DJ sets, their musical ethos approachessound through feeling, not category.
When it’s too late for house andtoo early for techno, you might find something in-between bumpingduring a Catz ’N Dogz set, something that resists genre but invitesmovement and connection. Here, in this area between genres, Grzegorzand Wojciech are pushing boundaries as Catz ’n Dogz, and celebratingthe diversity of house and techno music through their label, PetsRecordings.Their innovative mixing ability is articulated through the wide rangeof collaborators on their albums. In their 2015 “Basic Colour Theory”alone, Catz ’n Dogz worked with indie greats like Peter, Bjorn andJohn, iconic rappers like Phat Kat, and fellow electronic legends likeGreen Velvet. These collaborations result in tracks with depth andfeeling as Catz ’n Dogz seamlessly ties together seemingly disparategenres of music. It is not a surprise heavy-hitting DJs and pop starsalike have been inspired to add their own touch to Catz ’N Dogz’swork. “Basic Colour Theory,” that fifteen-track voyage throughexperimental sounds, went on to provoke a whole album of remixes in2016, with new takes from Claude Von Stroke, Jamie Jones, MauriceFulton, Anja Schneider and Jay Shepheard. “Basic Colour TheoryRemixed” proves not only the enduring relevance of Catz ’N Dogzinnovative LP, but also their irreplaceable spot in a global communityof producers.Catz ’n Dogz’s inspired, collaborative outlook on production isarticulated by their own well-received remixes. Just this year, Catz’n Dogz released an engaging reworking of Claptone’s “Under the Moon.”Grzegorz and Wojciech have also left their mark on Marlena Shaw’s“Woman of the Ghetto” in 2017, and Thomas Schumacher’s “Hush” in 2013, which held the #1 spot on the Beatport tech house charts for fiveconsecutive months.
Just as Catz ’n Dogz have looked beyond the range of techno musicians for their collaborations, they have reworkedtracks by artists of multiple genres, including rock outfit Kings ofLeon and pop icons Friendly Fires and Roisin Murphy.Catz ’n Dogz’s upbeat sound translates seamlessly from the home stereoto the dance floor. In addition to their stellar LP and EPproductions, Grzegorz and Wojciech are renowned for their powerful DJsets, the two skillfully reading the room and leading their audienceon journeys into new worlds of sound. Their skillful DJ performanceshas made them a staple at some of the most prestigious festivalsworldwide including SW4, Park Life, Bestival, Snowbombing, ElectricDaisy Carnival, and BPM. One can also find them on set lists at thehottest clubs in Europe and abroad, like Panorama Bar in Berlin,Fabric in London, Smolna in Warsaw (where they are resident DJs), andmany more.With multiple projects in production, performance, and organization,Catz ’n Dogz have already left their paw prints on the global stage ofelectronic music. Even with these accomplishments, Grzegorz andWojciech are not slowing down — in fact, the best is yet to come. Itis safe to assume that Grzegorz and Wojciech will continue to bringout the animals in us all with their innovative, dance-inducing sound.